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This cozy, creamy, veggie loaded Colorful Cottage Pie came from delicious happenstance when Nick and I were getting creative in the kitchen. While it’s a wee bit more complex than most of my recipes…I highly recommend doubling it for a dinner party or potluck. Feel free to use lamb/beef or a combo!

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Colorful Cottage Pie

  • Author: Stephanie Stanley


Cashew Cream Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ½ cup broth*
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder + ¼ cup water

Herbs and Spices

  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp fennel seed
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp chili flakes

Meat and Veggies

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 ¼ pound of ground beef (or lamb)
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled + quartered
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 medium onion, ½” dice
  • 1 bulb fennel, ½” dice
  • 4 large carrots ½” dice
    8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
    3 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 cups of broccoli florets


  1. SOAK cashews in boiling water
  2. CHOP all the vegetables & herbs
  3. COOK potatoes**
  4. HEAT a skillet to medium heat, add ~1 tsp olive oil
  5. SAUTE the onions for 2-3 minutes, ADD the beef
  6. ADD seasonings, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste
  7. BLEND cashews with cold water
  8. REMOVE meat to a casserole dish
  9. PREHEAT oven to 325
  10. ADD 1-2 tsp of olive oil and the mushrooms, brown them and add to the meat
  11. ADD remaining oil and vegetables – carrots, fennel, broccoli – add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. COOK over medium heat; PARCOOK the vegetables – they will cook more in the oven
  13. SHAKE the arrowroot and water in a jar until dissolved
  14. HEAT the cashew milk and broth over medium low heat
  15. ADD the arrowroot slurry to the cashew broth, whisk constantly until thickened
  16. MIX the cashew cream in with the meat, veggies – stir to combine
  17. MASH the potatoes with ghee, salt and pepper using a masher, ricer, mill, or hand mixer
  18. TOP the meat/vegetable mixture with the mashed potatoes, any way you like. Piping kit, plastic bag with the tip cut off, or simply spread it on with the wooden spoon
  19. BAKE for 15 minutes until warmed through
November 25, 2020
November 25, 2020